On Saturday morning July 13th, 9 eager NAAAP volunteers arrived at the Arlington Street Church to assist with the Ricesticks and Tea Asian Food Pantry (RST). The volunteers helped with an array of tasks including sorting and bagging food for distribution, checking clients in, giving out the food, helping clients carry their groceries up from the basement location, and setting up and putting away chairs and tables. Volunteers also used their bilingual skills to assist the RST clients, who are predominantly non- or limited-English speaking.
Founded in 1998, RST is a program that supports needy Asian immigrant and refugee families by providing culturally sensitive food not typically available in mainstream food pantries and food banks. On the second Satuday of each month individual volunteers and volunteer groups, from non-profits like NAAAP Boston, help to package and distribute food to over 125 pre-screened, low-income Asian families from Greater Boston. RST is entirely volunteer run and relies on individual and private sources of funding to support its work. For more information about RST and how to support it, check out their website or email at email@example.com.
Thank you to our volunteers Lesley Chuang, Stephanie Kao, Annie Le, Nhien Le, Peggy Leung, Kimberly Li, Ya Lin, David Chu, and Jeffrey Wei for their hard work. Special thanks go to David Chu for leading the event.